Pharmacist prescribing moves forward


The Pharmacy Board is set to host a national forum on pharmacist prescribing in Melbourne next month

“The forum will bring stakeholders together to explore pharmacist prescribing as a means of improving access to medicines to meet public need,” the Board says in its latest communique.

Invitations have been issued to stakeholders and the program is currently being developed.

“The forum will enable participants to hear about work completed to date and to explore and discuss public need and public safety issues, legislative considerations, stakeholder engagement and education and training,” the Board says.

“Outcomes of the forum may include agreement about prescribing models that should be further explored and the next steps required to develop proposals for further consultation.”

Pharmacist prescribing was highlighted at the APP2018 conference last week, with PSA president Shane Jackson saying that it’s a “travesty” that as the medicines experts, pharmacists don’t already have these rights.

“In my view, pharmacist prescribing is imminent,” he said.

“There’s a number of processes that need to be undertaken, but it’s well within the scope of practice of pharmacists and under our competency framework to be able to prescribe so, there’s no reason we shouldn’t have it pretty shortly.”

Dr Jackson expects pharmacist prescribing to be achievable by 2020.

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